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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House fire sparks electrical safety warning

20/02/2015

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Firefighters are urging people to seek advice from a qualified professional if they experience ongoing problems with their electrics following a blaze in Tunstall.

"I would strongly urge anyone who is experiencing ongoing problems with their electrics to seek advice from a qualified professional. There could be a serious underlying problem which could put you and your family at risk." 

Station Manager Ed Case

Crews from Sandyford and Hanley attended the incident on Madison Street at 11.19pm yesterday.

They used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which started in the fuse box in the living room. Firefighters then used a large specialist fan to ventilate the property which was heavily smoke logged before leaving the scene at 12.43am.

Station Manager Ed Case, who led the incident, said: "Luckily the occupants were still awake when the fire started and were able to call 999. If they had been in bed at the time, the consequences could have been far more severe and potentially life threatening.

"I would strongly urge anyone who is experiencing ongoing problems with their electrics to seek advice from a qualified professional. There could be a serious underlying problem which could put you and your family at risk."

People who are concerned about fire safety in their home can book a free Home Fire Risk Check which is carried out by crew members or trained technicians. They check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire.

They also fit free smoke alarms in homes that do not already have them or will replace detectors if they are installed but don’t work. The Service can replace single point responders in fuse boxes if necessary.

People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp

For more information on electrical safety in the home visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/424.asp